Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Dementia

Introduction

Dementia is not a specific condition per say, it is actually a term describing a collective group of symptoms that affect logical and social abilities in a way that the person affected is not able to function normally on a daily basis.

There are many causes and symptoms of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease. The most familiar signs of dementia are memory loss and impairment of judgement and language skills. With problems occurring in these two major brain functions a person with dementia finds it hard to remember people and names and is often confused. Due to this they are not able to think logically and interact socially. The good news is some causes of dementia are treatable and might even be reversible.

If you have a family member with dementia, they may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.

Causes

There are many causes of dementia. Some causes, like Alzheimer’s, occur without reason and researchers are still studying the exact causes behind why they happen. Certain other types of dementia are triggered by an infection or medication and are reversible. Including Alzheimer’s here are the types of dementias that are known to worsen over time: Lewy body dementia and vascular dementia, the first being caused by protein clumps in the brain and the latter by problems in the brain arteries.

Other types of dementia, especially those that can be reversed or treated by medication include temporary dementia caused by a reaction to medication, infections, poisoning, immune disorders, metabolic and endocrine problems and nutritional deficiencies.

Symptoms

Depending on the severity, dementia symptoms vary from person to person, but the most common signs include: Memory loss, communication difficulties, paranoia, hallucinations, problems with hand, eye and motor coordination, difficulty in making decisions and planning, incapable of learning or remembering new information and changes in personality. Consult with a doctor if you begin to notice some of these symptoms or notice them in a loved one or a family member. Getting help early can allow a person to participate in decision-making until the condition gets worse.

Disability Tax Credits for Dementia

Do you have a family member or a loved one with dementia? We know it can be hard, and we’re here to help. You might be eligible to apply for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, mental functions, speaking, elimination (bowel and bladder functions) and feeding. Contact HandyTax to get the help you deserve today.